The Live Phish series will expand on May 20th with the next four volumes of full concert recordings by the Vermont jam band.
Bassist Mike Gordon was responsible for selecting the latest batch of shows, choosing the four concerts based on his journal entries for more than 1,000 Phish concerts between 1983 and 2000. Live Phish 17 catches the band at a July 1998 gig in Portland, Oregon, with some material from a Missouri show later that month as filler on Disc Three. Live Phish 18 is also a three-CD set, composed of a May 1994 Dallas performance with additional songs from an earlier show in Columbia, Missouri. Both Live Phish 19 and Live Phish 20 are two-CD sets culled from a 1991 show in Keene, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island, respectively. The former was a stop on the band's Horns Tour, which found the four-piece backed by the Big Country Horns.
The Live Phish series debuted in the fall of 2001 with six releases. The band pushes archival material out of its vaults twice a year for the collection. As for more recent shows, Phish have made recordings of their reunion tour, which launched in January, available for purchase, download and burning through livephish.com
On July 7th, the group will hit the road yet again for a summer tour, starting in Phoenix.